“Catholic Mass unlike any you’ve ever seen”

An unusual report, in the secular press, on a unique liturgy being celebrated in Norfolk, Virginia: St. Mary’s should be felt both ways – empty and full. With no one in the pews, it’s a monument of soaring arches, stained glass and carved marble, where your voice instinctively sinks to a whisper – so impressive [Read More...]

Report: Sign of Peace to remain in place at Mass—UPDATED

A good English translation of this hasn’t surfaced yet, but here’s the gist, from L’Espresso and Sandro Magister:  The sign of peace in the Roman Rite of the Mass will remain at the same moment in which it is now placed, before the distribution of the Eucharist. But it must be corrected the abuses that have [Read More...]

Having trouble staying awake at Mass?

Then this post by Cardinal Dolan is for you: “Mass is so boring!” How often have you parents heard that from your kids on Sunday morning?  How often have our teachers and catechists heard it as they prepare our children for Mass?  And, let’s admit it, how often have we said it to ourselves? What [Read More...]

“Don’t say these things at my funeral…”

With a grateful diaconal bow to my brother Deacon Scott Dodge, I offer these very sensible thoughts, which come from Lutheran blogger Chad Bird:  There will come a day, perhaps sooner, perhaps later, when the man in the coffin will be me. They say the dead don’t care, but I’m not dead yet, so as [Read More...]

Celebrating Mass at Celebration

One of the pleasures of traveling around the country is getting to experience Mass at different parishes. This week my wife and I found ourselves in Orlando, and decided to visit Corpus Christi Church in the nearby town of Celebration. It’s a pretty church, relatively new, seating around 500 people. It has an adoration chapel [Read More...]

Sweet Charlotte: a final impression

Over the week, I’ve posted a few times about the liturgies and events I experienced during my visit to Charlotte this week for the Catholic Media Conference.  (Shown above: St. Patrick’s Cathedral.) Friday night, just before the awards dinner, I had the opportunity to vest for the annual memorial Mass—the final liturgy of the event, [Read More...]

Mass in Charlotte

Journalists gathered for the Catholic Media Conference attended Mass tonight at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Charlotte—which is a little different from the St. Patrick’s I know in New York. When you look up, you’re awed. The ceiling is just gorgeous. The building itself, meantime, is more like a parish church than a traditional cathedral, with [Read More...]

On the use of cameras during Mass

Some great observations from Msgr. Charles Pope:  I live just up the street from the U.S. Capitol and it is fascinating to watch the tourists go by on the buses. Many of them are so busy taking a picture of the Capitol (a picture they could easily find in a book or on the Internet) [Read More...]

With the deacon candidates of Springfield

This is a big ordination weekend for several dioceses, where I know they’ll be ordaining new deacons later today; I hope to have pictures and news about that later this weekend. Meantime, I’m privileged to be spending a few days giving a retreat to the deacon candidates of Springfield, Illinois, who will receive the ministry [Read More...]

Mass in the Extraordinary Form at a Brooklyn church—UPDATED

Some may remember the pictures I posted last week, showcasing the newly renovated Holy Name of Jesus church in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Saturday, they put the beautiful James Renwick-designed altar to good use and celebrated Mass in the Extraordinary Form. The pastor, Fr. James Cunningham, reports close to 200 people showed up. Fathers Brandon O’Brien, [Read More...]


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